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Bay Area Celebrates 4th of July Events & Fireworks

 

It’s the number one question every Fourth of July: Where will you watch the fireworks this year? Now is the time to find that perfect place to watch the sky light up — whether you find a spot in the park or on your roof — there are numerous fireworks shows in the Bay Area this holiday.

Below is CBS SF Bay Area’s COMPLETE list of Independence Day activities, including parades, concerts, barbecues, and official fireworks displays (over 100 events). These are organized alphabetically, by name of community for easy use – followed by date, time and location information.

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*Alameda County Fair:
June 17 – July 5. This show promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Located in Pleasanton, the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular begins 9:30 p.m.
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*Alameda:
“Mayor’s 4th of July Parade”
Saturday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. is one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation with over 170 floats and 2,500 participants. No fireworks.
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*Albany:
“A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration”
Saturday, July 4. Community celebration in Memorial Park. No Fireworks.
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*Antioch:
Antioch’s 4th of July Festivities & Fireworks
Saturday, July 4th from 3pm – Family fun for everyone! Featuring live entertainment, a car show, Kids Zone w/ family games and a Firework Shows rated best in Contra Costa County.
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*American Canyon:
Saturday, July 4. Enjoy a pancake breakfast starting at 7:00am – 11:00am. Parade at 10:30am followed by an all-day festival in Community Park with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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Aptos:
Saturday, July 4. Enjoy a pancake breakfast starting at 7:00am – 10:00am. “World Shortest” Parade at 10:00am – 12:00pm, followed by post-parade party until 4 p.m. in Aptos Village Park. No fireworks.
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*Benicia:
Friday, July 3. Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade along 1st Street at 6:30 p.m. No fireworks.
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Saturday, July 4. Picnic in the Park & Fireworks – 12:00pm-7:00pm – Featuring arts & crafts, live entertainment, plenty of food and children’s activities. Fireworks begin around 9:00pmat the foot of First Street.
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*Berkeley:
Saturday, July 4. Celebration at Berkeley Marina from 12:00pm to 10:00pm with live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, kids playground and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. off the end of the Berkeley Pier.
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*Bodega Bay:
Friday, July 3. Fireworks over Bodega Bay starts at 9:30pm over the bay, viewable from Westside Park.
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*Calistoga:
Saturday, July 4. Napa County Fair & Fireworks – Parade at 11:00am through downtown Calistoga. Fireworks Sky Concert at 9:30pm at the Napa County Fairgrounds.
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*Concord:
Saturday, July 4. Concord 4th of July – Celebrate Concord’s first 4th of July Festival with a kids carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits, and live entertainment on stage. Fireworks will end the day with will not disappoint.
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Saturday, July 4. 6th Annual Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk – Enjoy this 3.1 mile run/walk at Todos Santos Plaza in Downtown Concord. All proceeds from this race benefit Monument Crisis Center and Bay Area Crisis Nursery.
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Corte Madera:
Saturday, July 4. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Town Park for a festival until 5 p.m. No fireworks.
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Clayton:
Saturday, July 4th. Saturday Concerts in The Grove with “Plan B” – No fireworks.
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*Cloverdale:
Saturday, July 4. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Cloverdale High School football field.
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Cupertino:
Saturday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast from 7:00am-11:00am, Children’s parade at 10:00am followed by music in Memorial Park until noon. No fireworks.
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Danville:
Saturday, July 4. Annual parade that attracts over 40,000 attendees starting at 9:00am on Hartz Ave – San Ramon Valley Blvd from El Cerro & Sycamore Valley Rd. No fireworks.
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El Cerrito:
Saturday, July 4. All-day music festival in Cerrito Vista Park. No fireworks.
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*Fairfield:
Saturday, July 4. Parade along Texas Street starting at 10:00am No fireworks.
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*Foster City:
Saturday, July 4. Parade followed by festivities all day at Leo J. Ryan Park including live music and food. Fireworks at 9:30pm
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*Fremont:
Saturday, July 4. Parade through downtown starting at 10:00am No fireworks.
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*Gilroy:
Saturday, July 4. All-You-Can-Eat BBQ served in South County Picnic Grove at Gilroy Gardens.
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*Guerneville:
Saturday, July 4. Block party in Downtown Guerneville including arts & crafts, live music and a BBQ, followed by Firewoks at dark over the Russian River.
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Half Moon Bay:
Saturday, July 4. Parade on Main Street at Noon. No fireworks.
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*Healdsburg:
Saturday, July 4. Fireworks at dark at Healdsburg High School football field.
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*Hollister:
Saturday, July 4th. Hollister Freedom Rally. A 3-day Weekend Event with live music on two stages + Fireworks display at dusk in field adjacent to Marguerite Maze Middle School.
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Kenwood:
Saturday, July 4th. Parade at 10:30am at Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Road with musical entertainment to follow. No fireworks.
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*Livermore:
Saturday, July 4. Red, White & Blue Fireworks & Block Party starting at 6:00pm in Downtown Livermore. Fireworks at 9:30pm
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Los Gatos:
Saturday, July 4th. Community celebration with food & music at Oak Meadow Park from 11:00am – 4:30pm No fireworks.
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Martinez:
Saturday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast from 8:00am – 10:00am + Flag Raising Ceremony at 9:15am & Parade in downtown at 10:00am. Fireworks will light up the night at Martinez Shoreline Park, Saturday, July 4th. Join the crowd at the Waterfront or head over to your special viewing spot before 9:15 p.m.   Pyrotechnics begin around 9:30 p.m. and will last approximately twenty-five minutes. Waterfront Park will be by parking permit only and vehicles with boats.   Limited Handicapped Parking is available, so arrive earlier in the day.
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Menlo Park:
Saturday, July 4. Parade & Celebration starting at 11:45am followed by food, games and music in Burgess Park. No Fireworks.
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*Moraga:
Saturday, July 4. Daylong events at Moraga Commons Park include a dog parade, bike parade, old fashioned kids games, magic show, evening concert and fireworks at 9: 30 p.m.
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*Morgan Hill:
Saturday, July 4. Award-winning parade in downtown at 10:00am. + Car Cruise ‘n Show and Walk/Run events. Nighttime fireworks at at Outdoor Sports Center.
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*Mountain View:
Saturday, July 4. San Francisco Symphony performs at Shoreline Amphitheater at 8 p.m. with Fireworks at dark.
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*Napa:
Saturday, July 4. Independence Day on the Wine Train – View the Yountville Fireworks from the comfort of the Wine Train. Fireworks at Yountville.
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Newark:
Pancake breakfast at the Newark Firehouse on Mowry. Saturday, July 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Money raised goes to charity.

Novato:
Saturday, July 4. Parade at 10:00am. through the city’s Old Town district features the largest assemblage of restored military vehicles in the Bay Area. No fireworks.
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Oakland:
* Friday, July 3. Fireworks after the Oakland A’s vs Mariners night game – Salute to Armed Forces Fireworks, Sport Clips Charity Cuts, Authentic Fan Friday concludes at the O.co Coliseum.
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Saturday, July 4. Festival of Family Fun – Jack London Square will be hosting a fun daytime event (11:00am – 4:00pm) for families, featuring tasty treats, music and much more! No fireworks
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*Oakley:
Saturday, July 4. Celebration with food and music starting at 6:00pm at Freedom Basin Park featuring jumpies, games, food, music and fireworks at dusk.
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*Oakville:
Saturday, July 4. Robert Mondavi Winery hosts a musical performance featuring legendary rock band The Wallflowers with special guest Andrew McMahon. Followed by post-concert fireworks display.
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Orinda:
Saturday, July 4. Parade at 10:00am. Followed by a festival at Orinda Community Park. No fireworks.
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*Pacifica:
Saturday, July 4. Community celebration at Frontierland Park filled with crafts, games, music and more from 10:00am to 4:00pm. No fireworks.
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Palo Alto:
Saturday, July 4. Summer festival and chili cook-off at Mitchell Park from Noon to 5:00pm. No fireworks.
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*Petaluma:
Saturday, July 4. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds features entertainment and food starting at 5:00pm with fireworks after 9:30pm.
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*Pleasant Hill:
Saturday, July 4. Celebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park with parade, music, fun & games + fireworks at dusk.
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*Pleasanton:
Saturday, July 4. Alameda County Fair – Patriotic concert performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony with fireworks show starting approximately at 9:30pm.
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17th annual “Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution”
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*Redwood City:
Saturday, July 4. Downtown Parade, Festival & Fireworks at the Port – Free all-day festival featuring a breakfast, parade, carnival, car show and concert. A fireworks show concludes the holiday at approximately 9:30pm.
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*Richmond:
Friday, July 3. Oakland East Bay Symphony performs at 6:30pm at the Craneway Pavillion followed by fireworks at 9:15pm.
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*Rohnert Park:
Saturday, July 4. Santa Rosa Symphony w/ Megan Hilty performs at 7:30pm at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center with “followed by eye-popping pyrotechnics” at 9:15 p.m..
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Ross:
Saturday, July 4. Parade at 11:00am followed by community picnic at Ross Common Park. No fireworks.
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*San Francisco:
Saturday, July 4. Waterfront festival at Pier 39 with live music from WJM and Tainted Love starting Noon until the fireworks show approximately at 9:30pm.
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San Jose:
Saturday, July 4. Rose, White & Blue Parade at 10:00am followed by entertainment and good things to eat, all at The Alameda. No fireworks.
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*Saturday, July 4. Watch the San Jose Giants take on the Visalia Rawhide, Then enjoy a Postgame Fireworks after the game at Municipal Stadium.
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*Saturday, July 4th. Free, world-class fireworks return to downtown San Jose!
APPROX. 9:30PM, at Discovery Meadow, thanks to Rotary.
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*San Mateo:
Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. Fireworks start about 9:00pm on Friday. Get an early start on Saturday with an 8:30am foootrace & parade at 10:00am in the Highlands neighborhood.
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*San Pablo:
Saturday, July 4. Family Celebration and Fireworks Show – Live music and performances at El Portal Soccer Field starting at 4:00pm followed by Fireworks at dusk.
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*San Rafael:
Saturday, July 4. 2015 Marin County Fair with performances by Queen Nation at 3:00pm and Pablo Cruise at 7:30pm + nightly Fireworks at 9:30pm.
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San Ramon:
Saturday, July 4. Musical celebration at San Ramon Central Park from 5:00pm – 8:00pm No fireworks.
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Santa Clara:
&Saturday, July 4. Live music and food at Central Park starting at 12Noon to 10:00pm.Fireworks at 9:30pm.
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*Saturday, July 4 California’s Great America presents Ignite The Night Fireworks Spectacular.
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*Santa Rosa:
Saturday, July 4. Red, White, and Boom celebration at Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Enjoy food and live music from 3:30pm with a fireworks show at night
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Saratoga:
Saturday, July 4. Parade and music are part of a morning-long community celebration at Kevin Moran Park. No fireworks.
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*Sausalito:
Saturday, July 4. Parade starts at 10:00am through Downtown Sausalito followed by a festival in Dunphy Park. Fireworks display over Richardson Bay.
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*Scotts Valley:
Saturday, July 4. Parade at 3:00pm just south of Civic Center Drive, travel northbound to El Pueblo Road, and then circle back and return to Civic Center Drive. Followed by a festival in Skypark with music, food and games. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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*Sebastopol:
Friday, July 3. Music begins at 6:00pm with Fireworks at dusk at Analy High School.
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Sonoma:
Saturday, July 4. Parade at 10:00am followed by a festival on Sonoma Plaza all day. No fireworks.
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*Suisun City:
Saturday, July 4. Celebration with live entertainment and food starting at 11:00am in the Waterfront District and Fireworks at 9:15pm.
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COMPLETE SUMMER GUIDE: Life Hacks & Idea Lists for July 4th and the Rest Of the Season


 

 

*Tiburon:
Saturday, July 4. Fireworks cruise at 8:30pm aboard the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry.
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*Vacaville:
Saturday, July 4. Bring the family to historic Downtown Vacaville for an old fashioned 4th of July. Andrews Park opens at 5:00pm with Fireworks at dusk.
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Vallejo:
*Saturday, July 4. “Stars and Stripes Forever!” Parade at 10:00am beginning at Broadway and Tennessee and through Downtown Vallejo. Fireworks at approximately 9:15 pm along the waterfront.
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*Saturday, July 4. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’ July 4th Fest – Celebrate our country, enjoy the summer and share great times with family and friends. Fireworks at dusk.
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*Windsor:
Friday, July 3. Celebration at at Keiser Park with entertainment starting at 4:00pm and Fireworks at dusk.
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*Yountville:
Saturday, July 4. Festival at the Veterans Home from 12noon to 10:00pm with live music and food. Fireworks at dusk.
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